Egad, Hanukkah begins this year on Sunday evening, November 28th. I think it was in December last year. Why isn't it always on the same date? Students look at the Hebrew calendar and appreciate the incredible mathematics involved in creating a calendar that aligns both the moon's revolution about the Earth and the Earth's revolution about the Sun.
The activity: hebrew-calendar2021.pdf
For members we have solutions for this activity below.
CCSS: 5.NBT, 5.OA, 6.SP, 8.SP, S-IC
More Hanukkah activities:
Potato Latkes - Have recipes for these delicious potato pancakes become healthier? Students compare an old latke recipe with a modern recipe and decide how to compare their nutrition facts. 6.RP.A, 7.RP.A, MP6, MP8
Soda Menorah - Let kids have an opportunity to find the number of 6-packs or cans in this construction and communicate their reasoning to others. What number of 6-packs might be too small or too large? 3.MD.5, 3.MD.6, 3.MD.7, 4.NBT.5, 5.NBT.5, 7.SP.5, 7.SP.7a